OverviewMont Thabor is situated in the Dauphiné (France). The large and broad summit of the mountain features a small chapel, and offers a magnificent full panoramic view on the Vanoise Massif, Ecrins Massif, Queyras and other peaks such as La Meije, Le Mont Viso, Le Galibier...
Every year there is a pelgrimage to the summit in august.
Getting ThereMont Thabor is best reached from Vallée Etroite (1765 m) in the broad valley of Névache. You can park your car at the Refuge Tré Alpini (1765m). This valley became part of France in 1947, after World War II, but you'll find that the atmosphere still feels very much Italian like.
AscentThere are numerous paths that lead you to the base of the mountain. Be sure to pass along the Lac du Peyron (2450 m), a beautiful, yet ice cold lake. From there you have to get by a multitude of massive rock and debris which dominate the small lake. The map leaves you somewhat confused at this point. But no worries: after half an hour you'll find yourself again on walkable terrain again.
Later, at the col du Méandes (2727 m) you get a splendid view on Grand Séru, some very pronounciated peaks. These peaks will continue to be visible during the final climb.
From there a long and obvious path goes straight to the summit. The path starting at the very base of Mont Thabord leads over fine debris and a brown-orange like substance. The final part is particulary steep, but is in no way technically challenging. On top of the mountain, you'll find the Chapelle du Mont Thabor, which can be used as a refuge for the harsh wind which can sometimes make the summit a less confortable place. The real summit is now only meters away.
Keep in mind that this is a long walk (8 hours to and fro) to the summit (1413m altitude gain!). It's probably more pleasant to split your hike in two or more days.
Tip: spend the night in Chapelle du Mont Thabord and watch the sun rise over the alps from 3000+!
CampingFinding a spot for your tent shouldn't be any problem near one of the refuges, such as the Refuge Mont Thabor, which offers an excellent starting point for climbing Mont Thabor.
The refuge du Thabor is guarded from 21 june until 7 september. Reservations can be made by calling 0479203213, or 0479052796.
I'm not sure if you are allowed to place your tent in the wild for the night (try at own risk). Sleeping next to the refuges is not a problem at all.
LinksGeological view and history of the sediments found around Mont Thabord (French).
Description of a four day hike, including the summit. Le 'Tour du Mont Thabord'. (French)
My own experience with this mountain (12-14 aug 2004). (Dutch)